Since you call on a Father who judges each person's work impartially, live out your time as foreigners
here in reverent fear. -1Peter 1:17 NIV

Impartial. Not a word that any of us really understand. Our opinions, dare I say judgment, is tainted by our experiences and the experiences of others. Not one of us is impartial. So, in a very real sense, we do not understand anything about the word. Even so, we sometimes wax poetic about how God is impartial even though we think him partial to us.

Interesting how Peter uses the word in the context of living our lives out before God. The idea that God is impartial is an important one when I consider who God is and the example that he sets for us in Jesus Christ. I am inspired to live in obedience to God because I know him to be impartial. His love for the world encompasses a breathtaking impartiality.

I am opinionated Lord. I show partiality every day. Help me to be more like you. Teach me to be impartial.

... this devotion is part of my series on the epistles of Peter and biblical words.

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